Christian Commentator Fired From FOX Sports Southwest May File Suit for Religious Discrimination

Craig James ytDALLAS — A former NFL star and ESPN sports commentator that was recently fired from his new position at FOX Sports Southwest says that he may sue his former employees for religious discrimination.

As previously reported, Craig James played for the New England Patriots in the 1980′s and later became a sportscaster for ESPN. In 2011, he decided to run for the U.S. Senate, and participated in a number of debates, including the 2012 event that he believes recently cost him his job.

During the debate, Craig was asked about his views on homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” As a Christian, he responded that he could not support unBiblical behavior, and neither should any other civil leader.

“I think that this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up–the leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades,” he said. “I can assure you, I will never ride in a gay parade. Our kids out there…People need to see examples. I’m a guy who believes in [the union of] a man and a woman, … Adam and Eve, and what the Bible says.”

Craig was then asked if he believes men and women choose to be homosexual.

“I think it’s a choice; I do,” he replied. “Same-sex marriage, if someone chooses to do that, that’s them. And God’s going to judge each one of us in this room for our actions. And in that case right there, they’re going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.”

“We should not give benefits to those civil unions,” James continued. “We have to stay strong on this. This is important, man. I’ll tell you what, we have a fiscal issue in this country, [but] we also have a moral issue in this country, and as Christians, we’ve got to stand up.”

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His response then drew applause from the crowd, but not so much when FOX officials saw the footage.

“We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department,” an unnamed FOX representative told the Dallas Morning News. “He couldn’t say those things here.”

“Craig James will not be making any further appearances on FOX Sports Southwest’s football coverage this season,” they advised.

However, representatives now state that the video footage was not the reason Craig was let go after only a week on the job.

“At Fox Sports we respect all points of view, and despite reports to the contrary, the decision to no longer use Craig James in our college football coverage was simply because he was not a good fit at Fox Sports,” the network told reporters. “Mr. James, while both experienced and knowledgeable, is a polarizing figure in the college sports community. Regrettably, the decision to use him was not properly vetted, and as a result he will no longer provide commentary on Fox Sports Southwest’s college football coverage.”

But James says that be believes his Christian faith was indeed the motive behind his termination.

“I was shocked that my personal religious beliefs were not only the reason for FOX Sports firing me, but I was completely floored when I read stories quoting FOX Sports representatives essentially saying that people of faith are banned from working at FOX Sports,” James told Breitbart News. “That is not right, and surely someone made a terrible mistake.”

He has now retained legal representation from the Liberty Institute, a Christian legal group based in Plano, Texas. On Tuesday, the organization send a letter to FOX demanding answers and James’ reinstatement.

“Craig James believes that he, as a Christian, is called to love everyone regardless of their sexual orientation,” attorney Jeffrey Mateer wrote. “Craig James simply wants to receive the same tolerance for his religious beliefs that he himself practices toward others.”

Mateer told the the network that if it does not respond to concerns, legal proceedings would ensue.

It is not known whether FOX has yet replied to the correspondence.


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  • http://askhuldah.blogspot.com Maidservant Huldah

    BEATEN INTO THE SIN OF TOLERANCE
    Matthew 7:2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

    This scripture is one that is taken out of context more frequently today than any other in the Bible. When a Christian opens his mouth to speak out against someone’s sins, this scripture is the one that is most often thrown back in his face. The sinner tries his best to silence the Christian by pointing the finger back at him. Unfortunately, this tactic works all too often because the Christian, knowing full well that he falls quite short of the glory of God, is often shamed into silence. If the sinner is even a little more knowledgeable concerning the Bible, he may send the final death blow with,

    Mat 7:3-5 “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
    “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?
    “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

    The well meaning Christian,believing he was doing the sinner a favor at first, has now been beaten down into a quivering mass of guilt and confusion. This my friends is a tactic of the enemy to cause Christians everywhere to TOLERATE sin.

    It is true that these scriptures are about hypocrisy. If the Christian is PRACTICING (willfully committing sin), then he has no grounds to point it out in another. If the Christian has been cleansed from his sins, though he be not perfect, but is PRACTICING his walk in righteousness, it is his duty to call attention to sin when he sees it. Not saying that he is to look for it under every rock, but it is the Christian duty to call others to righteousness, saved or unsaved.

    Consider this:

    Ezek 33:8-9 “When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.
    “But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.

    In Galatians chapter 2, Paul confronts Peter (Cephas) publicly about a sin he was committing.

    1Cor 5:11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler–not even to eat with such a one.

    How far we have strayed from our Bibles as Christians when the sinner who uses scripture to beat us over our heads gets the upper hand.

    It is obvious that Satan himself knows scripture quite well when he used it to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. However, Jesus knew it better, and he tuned it right back around on him.

    2 Cor. 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

    Stand firm against Satan’s tricks. Prayerfully read your Bible to learn how to refute twisted scriptures. Let us not bear the guilt of TOLERATING. askhuldah.blogspot.com